Silva a one-trick candidate
I find it interesting that Liberal Mario Silva "ultimately believes environmentalism has limited resonance in Davenport" (NOW, January 12-18). People I know in our riding are very concerned about environmental issues, especially pollution due to the industrial plants and vacant land that is so toxic as to be unusable.
"A single-issue candidate isn't going to win here," Silva says. "The issues are very complex. Immigration - that's the work I do." Sounds like what he's saying is that his single issue is more important than anyone else's.
Tony toothless on Toronto
Community Air has done a great job of tracking Tony Ianno's dubious connections and his responsibility for much of the mess around the airport bridge (now pending ferry) financial disaster (NOW, January 12-18). It has accurately named the Toronto Port Authority a "pork-barrelling" fund for the Liberals. The whole TPA should be abolished.
NDP candidate Olivia Chow has been forthright in calling for accountability. Where have the rest of the media been in relation to these issues?
High hopes for Nash
Re Nash Sitting Pretty (NOW, January 12-18). Peggy Nash may have a great resumé and an A-list group of friends (Mayor David Miller, Stephen Lewis, etc). But that doesn't mean she's going to beat our do-little Liberal backbencher, Sarmite Bulte.
And that would be a shame, as Parkdale-High Park deserves more than an MP who has primarily distinguished herself by riding the coattails of the prime minister. Bulte's website is mostly a list of "Paul Martin said this" and "Paul Martin said that."
Here's hoping the Tories and the NDP don't split the vote and Nash can be a strong force in Parliament.
Harper the chameleon
Has Stephen Harper been transformed? Six months ago, he told a Vancouver radio audience that he didn't intend to bow to those who wanted to transform him: "I don't intend to change myself."
Changed in style? Yes.
Change in substance? "I don't think my fundamental beliefs have changed in a decade," he said in Halifax.
Seems Harper's handlers have altered his public persona, just as Professor Higgins did with Eliza Doolittle.
Forget Tories' Reform roots?
I am baffled by the amount of support for the Conservative party in this election. People seem to have forgotten the fact that the current Conservative party is made up of former members of the Reform party.
Pull the trigger, see you in 20
With all due respect, are you nuts? Your Upfront item What's Up, Jack? (NOW, January 12-18) seems to be suggesting that kids should be allowed to use guns.
Those who use guns to wilfully hurt humans (don't bring up war) should be treated as adults if that is the distinction that ensures a lengthy incarceration, where they will receive, hopefully, some social skills. Pull the trigger, off to the slammer, see you in 20. Maybe with a skill other than spitting bullets.
Blacks needn't say sorry
Andrew Cash asks why the coalition of African Canadian Organizations hasn't offered its condolences to Jane Creba's family (NOW, January 12-18). The answer is simple. The Coalition does not have to offer condolences to Creba's family, just like the Coalition did not have to offer condolences to all the other families that Toronto's gun violence has affected. The Coalition was not responsible for the horrendous crime that took Creba's life, and it certainly is not responsible for the acts of all black youths in Toronto.
The members of the CACO are not elected by the "black community." As concerned individual citizens, they could offer their personal condolences, as some have.
The more troubling part of Cash's story is the subtext.
He seems to imply that black organizations or black people are responsible for the actions of all black people everywhere and should apologize whenever some prick commits a crime. That would be like asking the "white community" or "white organizations" to offer their condolences to every black family that's ever been wronged by a white person.
Spend to repair social mess
No matter how the pundits analyze it, no amount of gun control can or will stop the results of society's decline.
Under Mssrs Mulroney and Harris, Eves and Chretien, Martin and McGuinty, Eggleton and Lastman, social services and education were butchered and health care became who cares . We elected those fucks, so we the people are responsible for the resulting decline.
Those who buy into the Conservative mantra of tax cuts will only guarantee Toronto becomes another divided bloodbath like Los Angeles.
It costs more to police, judge and jail desperate folks than it does to invest in youth and build an inclusive, educated society.
It behooves us, the richest nation on this dying planet, to spend to repair this mess.
Harkness's heavenly ride
What a great article about The Passenger (NOW, January 12-18). With more writing like that in all the art forms you cover, I would pay for Now Magazine. Highly informed, well written, historical context, with some personal opinion thrown in as icing on the cake. Thanks, John Harkness.
Anthony Milne's Love & Sex fantasy escapade was particularly foul and embarrassing to read (NOW, January 12-18). If I'd wanted hokey heterosexual rambling predicated upon dominant norms and wording such as "She's already given herself to me," I would have made a little trip over to the variety store and perused the rack made so mercifully difficult for children to reach.
When will this kind of drivel finally incorporate a healthier re-imagining of the female body? Tiny nipples, thighs "just thick enough," blond pubic hair (yeah, right) and a highlighted mane are sexual ideals prevalent in all the most boring publications.
The writer claims to be "emotionally exhausted" when he goes back to his table after the lap dance. One can only assume that this must have been the result of restraining himself from writing over the 800-word limit.
Give hooking the hook
I am astonished that NOW would give so much space to an uninformed opinion piece on prostitution (NOW, January 5-11) when studies in several countries where prostitution has been legalized have consistently shown that child victims and the involvement of organized crime have all increased.
After decades of legal prostitution in Sweden, prostitution was again criminalized in 1999. The purchase of sex was made illegal, but not its sale.
Women who wished to escape the sex trade were given extensive social assistance, including temporary residence permits. In five years, the number of women in street prostitution in Stockholm had been reduced by two-thirds.
Dems the dupes
Re Democrats Abroad (NOW, January 5-11). Who recommended this piece-of-crap play? Here's the story: Americans are great, Canadians are dupes. Bring a U.S. flag to wave at the end. What a piece of shit.
McGuinty mining trouble
Wayne Roberts argues persuasively that the McGuinty government is hell-bent on adding nuclear reactors (NOW, January 5-11).
McGuinty might take heed. The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada reported that experts are forecasting a global uranium shortage over the next decade. A devotion to nuclear may be misplaced, and not primarily because of scary waste and meltdown issues. Unfortunately, cleaner alternatives and conservation cannot fill the bill and certainly not fast enough.
Worse, as gas is depleted, electricity could be in far greater demand as we try to keep warm.
Fiction stranger than fact
Seven of Susan G. Cole's top 10 books for 2005 (NOW, December 29, 2005-January 4, 2006) are fiction. What a shame. It makes me glad that I saved many of my old high school and university texts: poetry anthologies, biology and physics books.
At least they order knowledge, present it in progressive complexity, and you can always learn something from them.
That's more than I can say of the thousands of novels published today, which make little sense and have no basis in reality even if they're allegories.
I am writing to bring to your attention an error in the Resolutions Guide.
Under Bikram yoga you have listed two studios that are not Bikram yoga studios, along with their phone numbers.
For information on Bikram yoga, please go to www.bikramyoga.com, where you can pick up all the locations around the world.
Director, Bikram Yoga Centre
Resolving to be inspired
I would like to thank Julia Hoecke, Fran Schechter and Lesley McAllister for compiling NOW's Resolutions Guide (NOW, January 5-11).
As I scrolled through the hundreds of ways to improve in the new year, I found myself copying down information on a belly dancing class, a volunteer opportunity and a cooking seminar. Your compilation motivated and inspired me to improve myself and give back to society. We all need to improve the world around us, don't you think? Happy New Year, and great work!!